Bingo is a very popular game and it seems that everyone knows how to play it, right? Well, not likely, because not all people are prone to betting and playing games of chance. Bingo is essentially gambling so not everyone will indulge in it.
Those who do, however, most likely know everything that there is to know about the game. Regardless, a recap of the rules does wonders for the veterans and newcomers alike.
The Rules of Bingo
Bingo is played almost everywhere, both in person and on online casino sites. The rules should be simple and easy to follow. You have a bingo slip which usually contains five columns. Each of the columns is labelled with a letter, starting from B and ending in O, spelling BINGO.
The bingo slip also has five rows which would mean a total of 25 numbers except that the middle of the five by five grid is not numbered. In total, you get 24 numbers out of a possible 75. In order to win the jackpot you need to hit all the numbers that the caller calls out. The winning combination is usually in a line, whether horizontal or vertical depends on the hall or the regulations of the game itself. Sometimes, diagonal lines are also tickets to victory.
Your ticket will have the numbers printed on them. The first column, named B, will have numbers from 1 to 15, the second numbers from 16 to 30, the third column numbers ranging from 31 to 45, the fourth numbers ranging from 46 to 60 and the final, the O column, numbers from 61 to 75.
Depending on the level of play, whether at a local hall or on a national level, the printed tickets will vary in number. A ticket can also hold more than one bingo grid, which often is the case.
A Bit of Bingo Hall Etiquette
Going into a bingo hall and yelling the numbers out, or sighs of relief or just plain old sounds of confirmation as you hit the right numbers might not be the politest thing you can do.
Here are some things to consider when in a bingo hall:
- Keep Your Small Talk to a Minimum – The people around you will not find it very pleasing to hear you talk about your cousin’s adventures or what your neighbor had done the day before. Similarly to being in a movie theater, people will need their focus undisturbed.
- Make Sure that You are of Legal Gambling Age – It is not uncommon for various bingo halls to have a minimum age limit of 18 and often 21, depending on the gambling age in your country.
- 21, 45, 58, YES! Well, no… – Churning out a number right after the caller is annoying. Focus in silence, study your slip beforehand.
- THAT’S MY SEAT – Taking someone’s seat is a bad idea. People love their lucky seats.
With a recap of how bingo works and the bingo hall etiquette, you can go and enjoy a night out and win some prizes.